Prayer Targets: Lincoln's Call2Fall; A Call for All People; Drag Queen Story Times
June 26, 2019
"Even now," declares the Lord, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heartand not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity." (Joel 2:12-13)
Dear Praying Friends,
In 1863, amid the devastating Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln made a Proclamation:
President of the United States of America, A Proclamation: Whereas the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the supreme authority and just government of Almighty God in all the affairs of men and of nations, has by a resolution requested the President to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation; and
Whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord;
And, insomuch as we know that by His divine law nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do by this my proclamation designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer. And I do hereby request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite at their several places of public worship and their respective homes in keeping the day holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.
All this being done in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the divine teachings that the united cry of the nation will be heard on high and answered with blessings no less than the pardon of our national sins and the restoration of our now divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this 30th day of March, A. D. 1863, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-seventh. (Source: AbrahamLincolnonline.org)
This Sunday, June 30: A Call2Fall for All God's People -- The Prophet Joel called Judah, the Southern Kingdom of a divided Israel, to a Solemn Assembly in chapter 2:12-13. Judah was experiencing God's judgment and it wasn't over yet. We need such times of prayer and repentance in America today. We have strayed so very far from God and his ways. Our economy may be doing well but our spiritual and moral condition is not well. We are divided as never before and many of our divisions seem irreconcilable. Our problems are not just political but are spiritual at their root. They can only be resolved when God's people choose to honor God, believe and obey Him, and God intervenes.
The Call2Fall is a first step toward a biblical Solemn Assembly with prolonged seasons of prayer, fasting, repentance, and returning to God. God has affirmed the Call2Fall by his presence in churches and homes, again and again. Amid our personal, cultural, and national sins, it is a reminder of the kind of prayer we need every day. It is not a fancy program or a big show. Rather, Call2Fall is a time for churches to set aside time during their Sunday services for all the people who can to bow their knees before the Lord in humility and unite in repentant prayer for our nation. God's people have the answer. The Call2Fall Declaration, responding to 2 Chronicles 7:14, reads:
I will answer God's call to fall on my knees in humility and seek His face in repentance so that He might forgive my sins and heal our land.
If your pastor has not planned a Call2Fall in your church, it's not too late. Give him a call or send him a note pointing to Call2Fall.com. Urge him to watch Tony Perkins' short video (for the congregation) and Dr. Ronnie Floyd's short video "for pastors only." Though the hour is late, your pastor and church can still join thousands of pastors and churches across America to observe the 11th annual Call2Fall this Sunday, June 30. If the church schedule simply cannot be adjusted, you can still network with believers across the land by taking time to humble yourself and pray on your knees by yourself at home, or with your family or friends. Given the great moral and spiritual need of our nation, let us humble ourselves before the Lord together before we break out the picnic gear and fireworks. Like our Forefathers, let us acknowledge our dependence upon Almighty God before we celebrate our Independence on the 4th of July!
- May churches and families across America experience power with God on their knees before him this Sunday, June 30, for themselves and for our nation! (Gen 32:28; 2 Chr 7:14; Is 45:22; Joel 2:12-18; Mk 2:17; 1 Cor 2:4; 2 Cor 6:2)
Coming Soon to a Library Near You: "Drag Queen Story Hours"-- These are serious efforts by LGBT activists to win the hearts of America's children at the youngest possible age. Many years ago, before the LGBT movement had succeeded in winning much of the American mind with a sophisticated public relations and lobbying campaign, many Americans were rightly concerned about their children being recruited by those in such alternate lifestyles. Now with the full support and advocacy of the American Library Association (ALA) and its subdivision, The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), taxpayer-funded local libraries across America are becoming, in effect, the local headquarters for what is fast becoming a national movement. Their bright-colored apparel and skilled rhetoric ought not fool anyone. They are a serious, organized, and growing movement of LGBT activists and others who identify with the LGBT movement. They work in close association with a variety of groups to advance their ideology under the banner of "inclusiveness" in communities across the land. But they start early, seeking to impart their confused worldview to children as young as three years old. They are now reaching sometimes large audiences of children via America's public libraries.
The Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH), now headquartered in New York City, was started in San Francisco by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions. It now boasts DQSH chapters all over the world and is fast training interested groups on how to conduct events in their communities. This strategy was crafted by focused activists who study how best to educate children and reach into their tender minds. Their colorful, usually bizarre hairstyles and costumes attract small children and curious teenagers. They take full advantage of the spiritual ignorance in many of our communities to usurp the authority of parents whose children they corral without their parent's permission. Sadly, too many parents actually urge their children to attend these "story times," believing them to be not only harmless, but educational. But the fruit of these efforts is misled and confused children, the deceitful usurpation of parents' authority, divided homes, divided communities, the injection of utter confusion into the religious, social, and political culture of communities, and the embrace of ideologies that lead to a lifetime moral confusion, social hardship, and even drastically higher rates of suicide. The "story hour" movement, seems to have been birthed about four years ago in California but quickly spread to New York and New Jersey. Buoyed by publicity and success, it is now aggressively pursuing footholds in every American community, even overseas. This movement is being hosted and advocated by libraries across America and will only be stopped by focused prayer and the diligent action of God-fearing local citizens who recognize their responsibility to protect their own children and the children of spiritually-unschooled families in their communities. Wise pastoral leadership is essential for communities to be prepared for these inevitable moral and spiritual assaults on their children and families. Even liberal churches have been successfully recruited to host these "Drag Queen Story Hours" in their facilities. But as my neighbors in St. Mary's County, Maryland, are learning, these groups do not only target liberal communities but those with more conservative and religious populations. (See: Self-described agenda/locations; Recruiting small town libraries; Cases: Lexington Park, MD; Community Response; Newark, OH; Lafayette, LA (FRC); Waterville, ME, Houston, TX; A Library Near You)
- Father, may pastors across our land equip their people with Your Word to guide them in responding to this threat before it comes to their families and communities. May governments that fund the public libraries prevent their taxpayer-funded facilities from being used to promote the sexual confusion and delinquency of minors. May God stir His people to be both the Salt and Light our nation needs to contend with evil and advance the Gospel with biblically informed common sense in our communities. May this particular threat to our children be contained via prayer and action. (Dt 28:13; Pr 27:12; Mt 5:13; Mk 16:5; Jn 10:11-13)
Finally, the Prayer Target above speaks to how far our nation has strayed from God. It is one of thousands of anecdotal proofs. Too many who fill our churches have also strayed far from God's intention for us. Our churches have become too shallow; our devotion to th e great commission has all but disappeared; and only a small percentage of our leaders contend in the public square for the faith once delivered to the saints in the public square, even as our culture is sinking. But if each of us will take the substance of the Call2Fall seriously, God will hear. When enough do, He will heal our land! Please click Count Me In; Host a Call2Fall; Share With Friends. And thank you for praying!